Colorado College Ekes Past UTEP, 1-0, On
Oct. 28, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS – In well-played game by both sides, a goal by Lauren Digregorio proved to be just enough to push visiting Colorado College past UTEP, 1-0, to put a damper on “Senior Night” at University Field Friday evening.
The Tigers (10-6-3, 8-2-1) snuck out to the 1-0 lead when Digregorio finished a feed from Brittney Lyman in the 32nd minute. The Miners (10-7-3, 4-5-2), who controlled the tempo and dictated pace for most of the match, did everything right but finish. The home side generated some good looks on offense while also earning a trio of corner kicks, only to have CC’s Hanna Berglund register three saves en route to posting the clean sheet.
Freshman Sarah Dilling delivered a quartet of saves while also taking care of her box by intercepting some well-played crosses.
The setback spoiled the proper send-off for the Orange and Blue’s three seniors (Katie Dorman, Chandra Morden and Jessie Pettit), who were honored in a pre-match ceremony. The trio’s efforts throughout their careers has allowed the Miners to go 47-28-5 since 2008, a mark they will look to build upon at the upcoming 2011 Conference USA tournament.
The Miners will have a shot at revenge, as they'll be facing this very same Colorado College squad in the opening-match of the event. UTEP will lock up with Tigers at 11 a.m. MT on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to face the victor of SMU (3rd seed) and Rice (6th seed).
Host Memphis will be the top seed at the event and will square off against Tulsa (8th seed). The other first-round match-up pits UCF (4th seed) against East Carolina (5th seed)
CC managed to come up with the first couple of chances in the contest, but Dilling and the stop troops were not having it. She steered clear a shot from Digregorio at 7:15 while the defense blocked an attempt from Hannah Patterson at 7:59.
UTEP, which once again started nine underclasswomen due to injuries to Tess Hall & Pettit, then initiated its offense. A shot by Kindzierski whistled high at 13:56 while sophomore Azia Nicholson was robbed by Berglund at 18:35. The ball was played into the area, where Nicholson used her body to shield the defender before turning in an instant. She ripped a low, hard shot only to have it be gobbled up.
Freshman Amanda Pak had a chance a couple minutes later, but her attempt was errant. CC countered and Peterson rocketed a shot toward the lower corner. Dilling reacted well and tipped it wide. The Orange and Blue then won the ball off the corner to keep the match scoreless.
A couple of nice passes set Mackenzie German up with an attempt from just inside the box, but it was handled by Berglund. The visiting side then began to work the ball back up the pitch, and it would ultimately stake the lead.
A long ball was played into space, which was corralled on the left wing by Digregorio. She had some room to work it and streaked in down the side before finding a way to finish the chance into the bottom, right-hand corner.
The Miners regrouped almost immediately after the tally, but German’s shot was off the mark.
With the wind whipping at the onset of the second half, it was evident that the Orange and Blue would need to use short, quick passes to set up their offense. They did just that in the opening stages of the stanza, securing corner kicks at 51:07 and 51:24. Neither time, though, could they find pay dirt.
The Tigers, content with their 1-0 edge, started to pack things in a bit. Even with not much room to work with, the Miners nearly found the equalizer. Kindzierski had a shot blocked at 62:28 while Dorman dazzled through defenders with some dribbling only to have a shot cruelly creep over the crossbar at 63:25.
UTEP continued to play hard as the half wore on, dominating possession and play, but it just could not find a way to light up the scoreboard.